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About 90% of Education Ministry staff have tested positive for Covid-19 – Minister

Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh has disclosed that about 90% of workers at his Ministry have tested positive for the Covid-19.

According to him, most of these workers have shown mild symptoms and are currently self-isolating at home.

“I can say 45 out of every 50 of our workers have tested positive for the virus. Since the lockdown, we at the MoE have been working without any break because, despite the lockdown, we had to put some measures in place.

“We were contemplating whether schools should proceed with their exams or not and we had to work on this. Therefore we at the MoE since the President issued the lockdown had been going to work. So I can’t really identify if I got it from there or not. However, I’m certain I didn’t get it from my constituency,” the Minister said on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo.

Dr. Opoku-Prempeh was discharged after spending two weeks at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) after contracting the disease.

Recounting a moment he described as a near-death experience, the Minister said it was a second test that confirmed he had the disease because an initial one was negative.

That negative test was conducted before he left Accra for Manyhia, his constituency in the Ashanti Region.

Giving further details about his symptoms, Dr Prempeh said while people had cough and sneeze, his was characterised by acute diarrhea.

The Minister has, however, warned that persons who downplay and politicize the disease must be careful because, it is nothing to joke with.

“This is a deadly disease that I wouldn’t wish for it on anyone, not even my worst enemy. So when I see people calling it on others in the name of politics, I get baffled,” he added.

He further urged strict adherence to the safety protocols provided by the WHO and Ghana’s Health Service.

“I urge us all to protect ourselves. We don’t have to joke about that. Make sure to wear the face mask. If you don’t have anything better to do outside, don’t step out.

“Always make sure to wash your hands, after that, you sanitize. There is no need for mass gathering as well,” he said. We must note that what the President is indicating and the health experts, ” Dr Prempeh added.



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